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Claremont High School Academy

BTEC Information Technology

Head of Department

Mr S K Sisulu



Exam Board


Entry Requirements

4 in English Language 4 in Maths 5 GCSEs 9-4

Why study this course

IT skills make the workforce more productive and are valued in industry.

Are you interested in how businesses use IT?  Are you good at using computers?  Can you see yourself in the future using computers?  Do you want to learn more about them and gain valuable industry skills?

If you answered yes to these questions you should consider taking this course.

Course Overview

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.

Learners will complete the following units:

Unit 1

Information systems: Externally assessed with a 2 hour exam (33% of the final grade).

Topics include:

  • Networks
  • Cyber security
  • Hardware software
  • Computer legislation
  • Emerging technologies

Unit 2

Creating systems to manage information (Database development): Externally assessed (25% of final grade) with a 3 hour and a 2 hour exam using Ms Access.

Topics include:

  • Unit 3 - Use of social media in business: Extended coursework project (25% of final grade)
  • Unit 6 - Website development: Extended coursework project (17% of final grade)

Learners will develop additional skills in:

  • research
  • Harvard referencing
  • Time management
  • Analysis and evaluation

 Exam Specification

Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Specification


The scheme of work is devided into 4 units.

Below is a scheme of work for the externally assessed units (1 and 2):

KS5 SOW Units 1 and 2

Below is a scheme of work for the internally assessed units (3 and 6):

KS5 SOW Units 3 and 6


This is a vocational subject where learners produce viable solutions to business problems.  Learners will find the skills they learn will support them in every day life and in education.  The skills learned support the implementation of an EPQ.

Future Pathways

This course is designed for learners to access the IT industry or gain IT vocational experience.  Learners who have completed the course often go on to university to complete an IT-related course or go into employment/apprenticeships.  Some learners go on to Computer Science courses at university as the skills learned help access these courses.  The skills learned also help with productivity and efficiency in learning of and in the workplace.